Maintaining our patients’ musculoskeletal health is a priority at Premier Family Medical. Here, our doctors provide accurate diagnoses of many conditions using advanced x-ray technology. Utah County area patients can visit office locations in Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lehi, Lindon, Mountain Point Medical Center, and Saratoga Springs, Utah.
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X-Ray Q & A

What is musculoskeletal health?

The musculoskeletal system includes the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, and the associated tissues which allow the body to move. This system helps the body maintain its structure and form. When pain begins in the muscles, bones, or other tissues it can be the result of a sudden injury or part of a chronic condition. A healthy musculoskeletal system is critical to other aspects of physical health, including overall well-being and quality of life. Conditions which affect it include:
  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Muscle and bone injuries
  • Crystal arthritis, such as gout
  • Osteoporosis and fractures
X-rays can be performed at Premier Family Medical to determine what condition is affecting the patient.

What types of x-ray technology does the practice use?

All of the offices have an x-ray technician available at all times for x-rays and DEXA scans, even after-hours and at night clinics. Premier has a complete x-ray room which can provide detailed diagnoses. A unique aspect of the office, the DEXA Scanner imaging machine, helps the doctors to diagnose osteoporosis. This works by measuring the density of a patient’s bones. Since the office accepts most insurance plans, patients do not need to visit the hospital to use this technology. The scanner has the precision needed to display changes in bone mass and geometry as little as 1% and in muscle mass as little as 5%.

Who should undergo bone density scanning?

This is recommended for:
  • Women who are post-menopausal and not using estrogen, are over 5 feet 7 inches tall or are thinner - meaning less than 125 pounds
  • Have hip fracture in their personal or maternal history
  • Are smokers
  • Are male with bone loss-related, clinical illnesses
  • Use medications which cause bone loss such as corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications, certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement medications
  • Have type 1 diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or a family history of osteoporosis
  • Have high bone turnover
  • Have a thyroid condition
  • Have a parathyroid condition
  • Have experienced a fracture following mild trauma
  • Have had an x-ray reveal a vertebral fracture or signs of osteoporosis
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